UK Genealogy Archives logo
DISCLOSURE: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning when you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission.

Hanford, Dorset

Historical Description

Hanford, a township and a chapelry in Dorsetshire, on the river Stour, near Shillingstone station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 4½ miles NW of Blandford. Post town, Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Childe Okeford. Acreage, 601; population, 43. The manor at one time belonged to Tarrent nunnery, and belongs now to the Seymer family. The one house here is Mr Seymer's seat, and there is a small chapel, the burial-place of the Seymer family. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Registration districtSturminster 
Registration sub-districtSturminster 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1815. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

Hanford Chapel

The ancient chapel here, the burial place of the Seymer family, dates from the 17th century: it is of stone, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch, and a small western turret containing one bell; the east window and those on the south side are stained.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Hanford are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum